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TAIPED unanimously declares Lamda SA as preferred bidder for ex Athens airport Elliniko

The board of Greece’s privatization agency TAIPED unanimously declared LAMDA Development SA as preferred investor for the acquisition of 100% of the shares of the former Athens airport Elliniko SA. TAIPED confirms Lamda as preferred Elliniko bidder Greece has picked Lamda Development, backed by Chinese and Arab funds, to develop …

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Photo shooting with half-naked models on the graves of Greek Cypriots

Appalling pictures of half-naked models sitting on the graves or posing holding the grave cross with the name of the deceased. Place of the provocative photo-shooting is the Greek Cypriot cemetery in the Turkish-occupied Cyprus. The pictures were apparently been shot last August but were released a couple of days …

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Police bans protests and gatherings in downtown Athens / Apr 1-2/2014

General director of Attica Police banned gatherings and protests in downtown Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1st and 2nd 2014, due to the informal Eurogroup meeting and Ecofin in Zappeio. Invoking the presence of important political figures and senior officials, Greek police bans any protest and demonstrations 1. April …

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Athens: Greece’s Euro-partners will bless next bailout tranche

Greece’s lenders seem in general satisfied with the outcome of the multi-bill voting on Sunday night. The impact of voting to Greeks’ EU partners was immense. For example, one of the fierce critics of debt-ridden Greece, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble immediately declared, he felt …relaxed. German Finance Minister Wolfgang …

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Greek Minister resigns over Milk Reform… and nobody notices

Deputy Agricultural Minister Maximos Charakopoulos resigned from his cabinet position on Saturday evening claiming disagreement with the milk reform. However he would vote in favor of the controversial multi-bill on Sunday in order not to hinder the “proper funding of the country.” The multi-bill containing major reforms of the trading …

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Gripes about Greek civil services rose 26% in 2013

One should not wonder why citizens’ complains about Greece’s public administration have increased. Greeks were always dissatisfied with the public services where civil servants would come to and leave work whenever they wanted. But in recent years things got worse for another reason: shortage of staff. Troika has practically forbidden …

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Draft bill to overhaul Greek trading regulations

Dozens of provisions are to overhaul trading regulations in Greece and trigger the anger of milk producers, pharmacists, booksellers, bakers. The changes containing in the 191-page multi draft submitted by the Greek government to the Parliament are one more Troika-imposed precondition for the next bailout installment of some 9 billion …

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Albanian inmate who killed security guard found dead in his cell

Inmate Ilya Kareli was found dead in his cells in Nigrita prison just two days after he killed a prison guard. Kareli was apparently alone in his isolation cell that was been monitored with security cameras. He was found dead by a prison guard. According to NewsIt.gr, short before midnight, …

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Greek public & private sector on 24h strike, Apr 9/2014

Greece’s public and private sector unions ADEDY and GSEE will launch a 24-hour general strike on April 8th 2014. It is considered as certain that seamen will join the strike. More details as soon as they’re published. Public sector union ADEDY will launch a protest at 6 pm in front …

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Exarchia kidnapping: anarchists snatched drug dealers

The mystery over the kidnapping that took place in Exarchia district of Athens last Saturday seems to be solved.  According to a statement uploaded on Greek Indymedia, it looks as if it was anarchists who had taken away two drug dealers of foreign origin in order to clean the area …

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Man’s best friend: Dog refuses to leave overturned car after traffic accident

A dog is not only man’s best friend but also man’s most loyal pet. A dog in Lamia refused to leave the car involved in a traffic accident until his owner, the driver, returned from the hospital. According to Lamiareport.gr , the accident occurred at a dangerous road spot near …

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Riot police against women cleaners protesting outside Finance Ministry

For one more day, a group of laid-off cleaning ladies had gathered outside Greek Finance Ministry to protest the loss of work place and income. A delegation even managed to meet with the general secretary of the ministry and submit their request  and thus in times of austerity and recession. …

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Greek FinMin invites SYRIZA to join Eurogroup negotiation table

Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras openly invited Greek opposition parties in general and leader of left-wing SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, in particular to join the negotiation table on the Greek debt issue. Speaking to private SKAI TV on Monday, Stournaras reiterated his invitation to the members of main opposition party SYRIZA …

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UPD Greek pharmacists launch open-end strike as of Mar 26/2014

UPDATE: After the outcry and the troubled Greke patients standing up to three hour sin long queues, Greek pharmacies suspended their strike on April 1st 2014. March 26th, KTG reported: Hardly had Greek Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis “solved” the problems with the doctors working at National Health Care system, he …

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Greek media: mystery over alleged kidnapping in Exarchia

A veil of mystery is covering an “kidnapping” incident that allegedly occurred last Saturday night at Exachia district of Athens.  Citing eyewitnesses, Greek media report of a group of 25-30 people dressed in black and holding guns entered a bar in the area and kidnapped a man. His identity has …

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